Talk With God

Have you ever needed a friend to talk to while on the road and wondering who you could call? Perhaps you knew who you could talk to, but he or she was a thousand miles away and you needed the advice or comfort to see your way through a problem. Maybe it was job related, or family problems, or money, etc. I've been there. My friends were too far away and the time it would have taken and the cost on the phone prevented me from making the all important stop, meaning I was left to my own thoughts or confront a stranger asking for advice. When I had made a decision to follow Jesus, I never realized it would open a door to have a friend ready to listen anytime I wanted to discuss things. I found it difficult to talk with God in the beginning. I mean really talk. Open my mouth and talk to Him like He's right there in the cab with me. Sounds silly, right? Wrong! He wants to be that personal with us. That's right, Personal! Him and You! Alone, talking about the problems, the joys, the stress, the pain, the blessings and the games in life that satan puts us through to keep us away from God. Listen Friend to what I just said. Satan puts us through those trials in life to keep us from God. He'll give us just a little slack to let us think that things are going pretty well in our life, then wham, pushes the button that torques us the wrong way. We fall into his snare each time and the deeper we fall, the harder it is to escape. That's where Jesus comes in. You have to know Him and He'll do battle for you in keeping satan away. He wants to be your Friend! Listen to what He says in John's Gospel, Chapter 15, verses 13 to 15. "Greater Love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." Is that personal? You can take that one to the bank! I've revealed things to my friends I would never tell my wife. At least before I knew Christ as Savior. Jesus wants to be that Friend! The following Prayer Guide is a way of opening that door to God through Jesus. You can unburden yourself and get that advice you need. That's right. He'll talk with you. He's been waiting all these years to tell you of His great Love for you and how to work out those things in your life that drag you down. Trust Him to do it! Chaplain Rich

The following is a guide to talk with Him.

PRAYER GUIDE

12 steps for a closer walk with the Lord


Spend 5 minutes on each step and you will pray 1 hour a day. Read one scripture(s) per step per day and then pray as the Spirit leads you.

1) Praise - Psalm 52:9 I will praise thee forever because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name: for it is good before thy saints. Acts 4:24, Isaiah 12:1-6, Isaiah 25:1-12, Jeremiah 31:7, Daniel 2:23, Joel 2:26, Habakkuk 3:3, Like 1:46 & 68, Ephesians 1:6, Revelations 19:5, Revelations 5:9-14.

2) Confession - 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Psalms 51, Psalms 139:23, (of sin), Matthew 10:32, Mark 8:35, John 12:42, Romans 10:9-10, 2 Timothy 2:12, 1 John 2:23, (of Christ).

We are sinners saved by grace. We need to come daily for a foot washing. We do not lose our salvation because of sin! (John 10:28-29). Our Adam nature is still within us. Be we will lose fellowship with God if we don't confess our sins daily.

3) Scripture Prayer - Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock into pieces. Ephesians 2:8-9, John 10:28, Acts 4:12, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:12, James 9:14.

Find any scripture and let the Holy Spirit speak to you.

4) Waiting - Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles: they shall run and not be weary: and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 64:4, Psalms 46:10, Psalms 37:7, Isaiah 49:23, Jeremiah 14:22, Lamentations 3:25, Habakkuk 2:3, Zephaniah 3-8, Luke 12:36, Romans 8:25, Galatians 5:5, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 2 Thessalonians 3:5.

Do not skip prayers in a hurry to get the answers.

5) Intercessions - Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching there unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

Pray for others and all their needs. Also pray for our leaders of the nation and leaders in our churches. 1 Timothy 2:2

6) Petitions - Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you! For everyone that asketh receiveth: and he that seeketh findeth: and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Pray for yourself that God's will, will be done in your life. Also let us not ignore faiths trials while relishing faiths victories.

7) Thanksgiving - 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Psalm 15:14, Psalm 95:2, Psalm 100:4

8) Singing - Ephesians 5:9 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Go to the Lord with your favorite song such as ...(Amazing Grace).

9) Meditation Isaiah 64:4

10)Listening - Isaiah 49:1 Listen O isles unto me: and harken, ye people from far.

Stop and clear your mind for a possible message God might be giving unto you.

11)Speaking - Colossions 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Let your conversation be Godly and not of the world.

12)Praise Let your prayer end in adoration. (Lord, your greatness is far and beyond the highest mountain).

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